World: A Crucial Test For Old Friends

FOR years, the Middle East crisis has centered on emnity between distrustful rivals. Last week it focused on a deep uneasiness, even a distrust, between two close and intimate allies. The dispute involved an issue that Israel deemed vital to her security; the continued buildup of Soviet missilery in the 32-mile-wide cease-fire zone on the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal. For its part, the U.S. would have preferred to overlook the missile buildup in an effort to get the peace negotiations moving under the direction of U.N. Special Representative Gunnar Jarring. The...

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